Zak

Zak Toorak, VIC 3142 chatting with 2 students

  • SECONDARY TEACHER, ACTING COACH and ANALYSIS ACADEMIC

About Me

Hello,
My name is Zak.

I hold a Masters in Teaching from Melbourne University (MGSE) and my most recent training as an actor and theatre maker was through the three year full time Bachelor of Dramatic Art at 'The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)' faculty of Melbourne University.

I am a qualified secondary teacher and have experience teaching Drama and in both non-school and school (years 7-12) contexts with a focus on the VCE Theatrical units (VCE Theatre Studies & VCE Drama) and also have experience with the International Baccalaureate (Theatre Arts) subjects. I also have school experience in teaching secondary Media Studies (years 7-12).

My preference is to teach, create and develop in a studio environment - learning by doing - but I am also very proficient with the academics of theatre and media studies.

I mold each session depending on what is required. The way I facilitate a class depends on what you're personal task focus is; eg. audition or exam preparation, essay writing, performance making, skills development, etc. I believe a student centered approach generates the most effective results in learning and teaching.

Having fun and feeling passionate about the work are central aspects to my teaching philosophy and I'm confident that whatever the specific learning goals might be we can work together enthusiastically to accomplish them!

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-3 years teaching experience (specialization in Drama & Media Studies)
-7 years theatre making and film making experience
-20+ years acting experience

Trained in:

-Physical Performance
(Basel Mask, Animal Work, Personage, Clowning, Comic-Strip Mime, etc.)

-Voice and Language
(Alexander Technique, Sight Reading, Phonemic based dialect (accent) teaching, etc.)

-Acting Technique Synthesis
(Neutral Mask, Shakespeare, Text in performance, Improvisation in performance, generative and pedagogical Pulse and Impulse work, etc.)

-Theatre Making
(Directing, Playwriting, Adaptation, Generative facilitation, Dramaturgy, etc.)

-Film Making

-Cinema Studies

-Teaching

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Residential tutoring (home studio) - $50/hr
Larger studio space session - Aprox. $60-70/hr (rate dependent on studio hire cost)
Group Sessions - $30 per student/hr

Contact phone number available on request.

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Qualification

Teaching

Melbourne University Graduate School of Education

2012 - 2014

Dramatic Art (Acting)

VCA - Faculty of Melbourne University

2009 - 2011

Film and Digital Media (Film)

Deakin

2008 - 2009


Background Check

  • Working with Children Check (Reference No.: 03346497-01)

Lesson Information

  • Lesson Type:
  • One to One
  • In Group
  • Online
  • Lesson Language:
  • ESL
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  • Toorak, VIC 3142